Microsoft’s Albert Penello talks about Xbox One Sales, Yield Issues and More

The Xbox One has been in the headlines lately because of its launch and record breaking opening. It was launched in close to 13 territories and sold more than 1 million units. Just like PS4, this was sell-through to the customers and not to stores. Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning, Albert Penello, gives us further insight on these sales and also squashes the rumor of the supposedly new version of Xbox One to be released next year.

Penello outrightly denied the rumor of Xbox One getting a new version next year.

no. Just no. I’m not even going to let this one get started. No.

His response was pretty straight forward. There is no such new version of Xbox One coming any time soon, in other words, this rumor was false.

Penello is also happy over the sales and calls it a good sign for the industry. Since both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold more than 1 million units, it really paints a positive light over the whole gaming industry. He says that a comparison between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sales is not  possible because of how they launched in multiple countries while Sony decided to focus on a selected few for their initial launch.

As for the numbers, as people have said it’s great for the industry (after all the reports of the “death” of consoles) to see the sheer amount of interest and excitement with consumers and the media over this. It’s really amazing.

Sony chose a different path for launch, so an apples-to-apples comparison is impossible. We had X number of units to sell and we chose to launch in all our launch territories. Sony had X number and chose to focus on North America. Neither was better than the other.

In this circumstance, comparing our US number vs. their US number would be like comparing our UK number to their UK number. They don’t have any in the UK yet, so it’s not a fair comparison.

He also hints that both consoles are still in high demand and hence it will be hard to get our hands on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 these holidays.

Both consoles I think will be hard to get through the holidays.

He then makes fun of the so called “Yield Issues” with Xbox One. The ESRAM was thought to be the main cause of it but as Penello said, there is no such thing as “Yield Issues”.

And I love how “yield issues” is still a thing. What was the precise number we needed to make for that to go away? There were no yield issues.

So there you have it. Albert Penello has not only denied yield issues rumors, he also denies the rumor of a new Xbox One model to be released next year.

What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay tuned to GearNuke for latest news and info on Xbox One.

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  • bigshynepo

    “comparing our US number vs. their US number would be like comparing our UK number to their UK number.”

    I’d be fine with seeing the numbers anyways, Albert. Since both consoles have launched in the US, wouldn’t announcing that market’s numbers give us a good idea of where the USA stands for next-gen console sales.

    I can only think of one reason why Microsoft isn’t shouting numbers from the mountain top…

    • Hyfikz

      Because they only had so many units available in NA because they took some over seas. Xbox could of had only 500k units in NA and sold them all, PS had a little over 1 million available in NA and sold them all. Is that what you want to here? Demand outweighs supply and until that stops you won’t know who is in the lead and in which territories. Until then it is just a number of how many units have been made available. How do you not understand that

      • bigshynepo

        There are MANY reports of Xbox Ones being available the day after midnight launches. Many midnight launches here in Canada released a certain number for the midnight launch and then had stock for walk-in customers in the morning.

        Microsoft had to make sure everyone knew they sold 1 million consoles, but like every statistic coming out of Microsoft these days, it’s shrouded in half-truths and PR spin. Microsoft isn’t publishing American numbers because they don’t want the entire internet proclaiming the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One in Microsoft’s home territory.

        In short, there is nothing but bad PR keeping Microsoft from releasing North American numbers. Some may say there is nothing to be ashamed about selling 800K consoles in 24 hours, unless your main competitor just sold 300K more in the same time and that is why we have no hard numbers from MS.

        11 more countries at launch and they still barely matched PS4’s USA sales.
        I guess we will revisit this conversation in December, when the PS4 is released in what, 2 dozen countries? Will it be okay to discuss numbers then or will Microsoft simply say “until the systems are released in the exact same countries, we can’t release any numbers by region.”

        • sucktobehim

          yeah that’s right